Specialty & Technique Guitar Classes

Go beyond the basics and learn the nuts and bolts of music.

If you can already play guitar, now it's time to get into the groove. With the guidance of our expert teaching artists, expand your skills and repertoire to open the wide world of guitar beyond the basics.

For intermediate players and beyond, open to students who have completed the Guitar 2 level and above. (If you're not sure where your skills fit in, visit our placement quiz.)

We suggest all guitar students consider starting with Guitar Fingerboard Theory, if you want to work on lead guitar or eventually write your own songs. It's a great primer into a wider world of musicianship.

Guitar Study Hall

Open to All

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

A free Q & A with one of the school's renown guitar gurus. COME BY AND WE'LL HELP PLACE YOU IN THE PROGRAM

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Your First Guitar Solo

WorkshopBeginner

Sunday with Jason McInnes

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Let's unlock the mystery of playing lead.

Extended Play: Guitar

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters, Elaine Moore or Jason McInnes

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

The Chemistry of Chords

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Beyond Guitar 3

Intermediate

Monday, Wednesday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Linda Smith or Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

A special level for students who want to continue on the path of musical growth offered during our morning classes or within the confines of our Armitage location.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Intermediate

Monday, Wednesday or Sunday with Chris Winters, Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris or Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in your musical journey.

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

Tuesday or Wednesday with Elaine Moore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

RPA Ensemble aka Dawson's Guitar 4Ever

Advanced

Thursday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Intermediate

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

No matter what genre of music you play, this class will take your playing to a whole other level.

Heroes of Flatpicking

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Learn to make your pick dance on the strings.

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Lead Guitar Basics

Intermediate

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Monday or Friday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Focus on one of the most essential elements of playing guitar and music itself.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Skills

Intermediate

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Advanced

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Acoustic Slide Guitar 2

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Beginner

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation through the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Blues Guitar Basics 2

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Fingerpicking Skills

Intermediate

Monday or Thursday with Alvin McGovern or Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Put down your plectrum and let's work with both hands.

Fingerpicking Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Jazz Guitar 1

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tony do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Take your time to absorb the fundamentals of jazz guitar.

Jazz Guitar 2

Advanced

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Hard Rock Acoustic

Intermediate

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

All the licks, all the tricks - but with minimal hearing loss.

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

This class alternates with Flatpicking 2 If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Let's get melodic

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Continue working on the music of great traditional blues artists.

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

This class alternates every session with Blues Fingerstyle 2. Mark your calendar and be sure to sign up next session.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Take the fingerpicking, rhythms and regional styles of the country Blues you've learned in level 1, and concentrate on open tunings and bottleneck slide in level 2.

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Explore different aspects of Acoustic Blues a different decade each session.

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Beginner

This class is offered on a rotating basis with level 1.
If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Flamenco Guitar 1 Skills

Beginner

This class is offered on a rotating basis. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Flamenco Guitar 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Develop a strong repertoire in this exciting musical idiom.

Acoustic Zeppelin

Intermediate

Tuesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Study Page's acoustic songs and instrumentals in both standard and open guitar tunings.

Fingerstyle Jukebox

Intermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Let your fingers do the singing

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Learn approaches to the fingerboard designed to improve your playing

Improvising Blues for the Solo Acoustic Player

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Thursday with Jon Shain

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Break new ground with this award winning guitarist.

Billy Joel Songbook for Guitar

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

The piano man on guitar…start your own fire

Dan's Rhythm Method

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Let's count to four all together, and get this thing right!

Going Electric: Part 1 Turn It Up

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Going Electric: Part 2 Pedals and The Electronic Guitarist

Intermediate

Saturday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Learn to create sounds and apply them to songs and jams.

How To Approach Learning a Jazz Standard

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Bobby Broom

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Take some tips from a real pro on how to learn a tune and make it your own.

Jazz Guitar 4ever

Advanced

Wednesday with Tony do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Let's Talk about Practice: A Discussion of Practice Habits

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Jason McInnes

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($19 members)

Learn what works and what doesn't work for other musicians, and learn how to set achievable goals.

Strumming In Open D

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Michael Henson

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

A new tuning, a new set of shapes and new sounds.

Louisiana Blues Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$288 for 30 minutes ($278 for members)

$416 for 45 minutes ($401 for members)

$536 for 60 minutes ($516 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 04/29/2019 – 06/23/2019

Monday 03/25/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 04/08/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 04/10/19: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/24/2019 – 08/18/2019

Monday 05/20/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 06/03/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/05/19: Open registration

8-week lessons: 09/02/2019 – 10/27/2019

Monday 07/15/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/29/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/31/19: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/28/2019 – 12/22/2019

Monday 09/23/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/07/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/09/19: Open registration


Teachers

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